Machine Learning:
Prediction Without Explanation?
17-18 February 2020, Karlsruhe

MACHINE LEARNING: PREDICTION WITHOUT EXPLANATION?

Registration deadline: January 05, 2020

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"Machine Learning: Prediction Without Explanation?" is a 2-day workshop taking place from 17 to 18 February 2020 at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Germany. It aims to bring together philosophers of science and scholars from various fields using Machine Learning techniques, to reflect on the changing face of science in the light of Machine Learning's constantly growing use. This workshop is organized by the project "The Impact of Computer Simulations and Machine Learning on the Epistemic Status of LHC Data" within the interdisciplinary, DFG/FWF-funded research unit "Epistemology of the LHC".

Over the last decades, Machine Learning techniques have gained prominence in various areas of science. However, Machine Learning largely aim at predictions and does not seem to provide explanations for these, at least not in the same sense as predictions from theories or models do. Depending on the area of application, explanations may be desired or even necessary though. In this workshop, we want to address the complex of questions regarding scientific explanation that arise from this observation. These include, but are not restricted to:

  • Will future science favor prediction above explanation?
  • What methods are available to use Machine Learning results for explanations?
  • What is the nature of these explanations?
  • Does machine learning introduce a shift from the classical scientific explanation towards a statistical interpretation of explanation?


Confirmed Speakers

 

Philosophy

Johannes Lenhard, Bielefeld University | web

Andreas Kaminski, Stuttgart University | web

 

Machine learning practitioners

Stefan Hinz, KIT | web

Erwin Zehe, KIT | web

 

 

Registration 

 

You can apply to the workshop by sending an abstract of maximal 500 words to MLworkshop2020itas.kit.edu.

If you want to participate in the workshop without presenting please register through the same email adress.

There is no registration fee. The deadline for registration is January 05, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

Schedule

 

tba

 

 

Practical Information and Location Details

 

The workshop will take place at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. (Room to be announced.) Coffee breaks and the reception on the first day will also take place here. A list with suggestions for nearby lunch and dinner locations will be made available shortly.

 

The following airports are nearby:

 

Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden (FKB)

            approx. 1 h 30 by train

 

Frankfurt (FRA)

            approx. 1 h 30 by train

 

Strasbourg (SXB)

            approx. 2h by train

 

Stuttgart (STR)

            approx. 2 h by train

 

 

 

Organization & Contact

 

This workshop is organized by the project "The Impact of Computer Simulations and Machine Learning on the Epistemic Status of LHC Data" within the interdisciplinary, DFG/FWF-funded research unit "Epistemology of the LHC". For further information, please contact the organisers: